2017 Hiring Trends for Job Seekers!

In 2016, we heard many employers say that they struggled to find talented candidates to fill their roles. The good news for job seekers is that employers are looking for top talent and will know a strong candidate when they see one. Here are just a few hiring trends to keep an eye out for in 2017, and how they can benefit you as you look for your next opportunity.

Referrals: It is no secret that a referred candidate has a better chance of getting hired than a non-referred candidate. Never burn bridges after an opportunity ends, even if you left on less than great terms. Always strive to work on and nurture your relationships. You never know where your next referral may come from.

Even with the assistance of recruiting firms, a hiring manager will likely review your online profile and portfolio before they agree to interview you. Make sure to always promote your brand and have a strong professional and online presence. It’s more important than you think.

Annual Performance Reviews: You may find this surprising, but many companies are doing away with annual performance reviews in 2017. With business moving at such a fast pace, organizations are no longer waiting a year before dealing with performance issues or rewarding employees. Employees and managers will communicate more frequently about successes and challenges. If employers hold their managers and employees more accountable to keep lines of communication open, both parties benefit. The employer will be in a better position to achieve their business goals and employees will be better positioned to receive a timely incentive/ reward for a job well done.

Candidate Experience: Successful companies have always catered to their customers and prospects in order to please them, increase loyalty and grow their revenues. In 2017 you will see employers extending that same regard over to their potential candidates and employees. If a job seeker has a negative experience, they are highly unlikely to ever apply to that company again. They also have a platform to highlight that negative experience through social media sites like Glassdoor. Aside from the candidate experience, employee retention is going to be big in 2017. Supporting and promoting growth and productivity from within is a key factor in organizations increasing profitability. This can be passed on in the form of salary increases, bonuses and more paid time off.

There’s no doubt that 2017 will bring its share of challenges for managers and job seekers alike, but the opportunity to find great talent is still very much possible. Companies are always willing to offer high quality incentives for quality talent. Good luck in the New Year!